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Visual Arts

LOWER SCHOOL

In this art program, students improve fine motor skills, think creatively, express their personal sense of creativity, and appreciate the relationship between art and culture. Visual challenges present opportunity for critical thinking and problem solving as students begin to understand how to accurately represent ideas and perceptions.

In addition to learning art history and theory, students use various media to produce original works that incorporate the elements and principles of art. Lower School students attend art class once each week.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

This art program includes three basic components: art production, history and aesthetics/analysis. Art production emphasizes the joy of creating, introduces concepts and problem solving using a variety of tools and materials.

Instruction focuses on the process of art making rather than the product. Creatively challenging projects address elements of design line, color, shape, value, texture and form.

Art history is introduced as a part of a studio lesson. Students learn to recognize cultural differences and about outside influences on art such as religion, government, patronage, literature, music and technology.

Middle School subject themes are roughly as follows:

  • Grade 5: American art/folk art
  • Grade 6: Art through the ages (pre historic, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Italian Renaissance)
  • Grades 7-8: Modern Artists (contemporary and classical)

The final component combines aesthetics and analysis. Students formulate their own ideas and opinions on what they consider beautiful. They are encouraged to describe not only what they see formally but also the intangible expression. To facilitate this, our artworks are put on display throughout the school, in our community, and in an all-school art exhibit in the spring.